Sapphire waters lapping golden coasts, lively cities with laid-back charm, mouth-watering cuisine, and a calendar jam-packed with festivals: A stay at a 5 star hotel in Portugal is the premier way to drink, dance and feast your way through daytime happenings and all-night revelries. Whether you prefer to explore the medieval castles in cobblestoned villages, enjoy a round of golf on a course with a breath-taking cliffside view, or get your adrenalin pumping at the beach, make sure you’re ready for everything while staying at a 5 star hotel in Portugal.
From sheltered beaches to vibrant cities: The best 5 star stays in picturesque Portugal
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A 5 star hotel in Portugal invites you to laze on the beach, explore the interior, discover cultural highlights and indulge in delicious Portuguese cuisine. Do enjoy a pastel de nata (custard tart) while browsing hip shopping districts, or wander through scenic vineyards sipping on the smooth port wines of the Douro valley. With over 800km of coastline, it goes without saying that seafood, surfing and sunbathing are the order of the day. From cool city breaks in Lisbon and Porto to whiling the days away on the warm beaches of Algarve and the Azores, a 5 star hotel in Portugal leaves very little to be desired.
Lovely Lisbon: Dazzling districts & Miradouro mania
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From hip cultural spaces where you can rub shoulders with local artisans to trendy boutique stores lining cobbled streets, Lisbon is experiencing a Renaissance in Europe. Strongly influenced by the Gulf Stream, it is also where you can enjoy the warmest winters of all the major metropolises on the European content. The main square, Rossio is Portugal’s Trafalgar Square, and serves as a good meeting point and must-see for all visitors to Lisbon before heading to Chiado’s elegant shopping district or taking in the Moorish atmosphere of Alfama, the city’s oldest district. Highlights of this part of Lisbon include the Castle of São Jorge and the medieval Lisbon Cathedral. A charming and authentic way to see the most famous and interesting sites of Lisbon is to take Tram 28, one of only three traditional trams lines that still operate in the city, starting in Graça, the Old Town, continuing down to Alfama and Baixa and then up through Chiado to Bairro Alto and down to Campo Ourique. The city of seven hills naturally boasts a number of viewpoints, called miradouros, where travellers can take in the scents, sights and sounds of lovely Lisbon. Monument-packed Belem is a culture lover’s paradise boasting museums, art galleries and must-see sights like the Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. At night, the city’s narrow cobbled lanes transform into raucous watering holes, where rowdy cocktail bars and nightclubs coexist with trendy megaclubs stretching along the waterfront. Absorb the historic architecture and rich culture of Lisbon while staying at a 5 star hotel in Portugal.
Porto & Douro Valley: A toast to the most romantic regions
Home to the world-famous port wine and arguably the most romantic region of the country, Porto boasts picturesque scenery and dramatically verdant landscapes. One of the best ways to explore this region is to take a boat cruise up the Douro river and enjoy the sights as the boat cuts through the vineyards packed along the steep slopes. The Douro Valley also has a rich gastronomy, best enjoyed after a visit to the vineyards or the Port wine cellars where you can sample the wine straight from the source. Yet thanks to its warm Mediterranen climate, Portugal boasts more than just one wine region. Evora lies nestled in the lesser known Alentejo wine region and enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status. History buffs and culture vultures alike will love this ‘museum city,’ and party seekers will be pleased to know that it’s a student town too, boasting hip boutiques and funky bars.
Amazing Algarve: Soak up the sun & Improve your handicap
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Portugal is a mecca for surfers and beach bums. From the Algarve to the Azores, Portugal boasts an array of amazing beaches ranging from hidden coves nestled between sandstone cliffs, lagoons alongside sun-drenched dunes, secret coves amid strata rock formations and golden, sandy beaches lapped by sapphire waters. Red-cliffed coastlines, pristine turquoise waters and whitewashed Moorish villages laced with orange groves, the Algarve’s beauty is undeniable. From sleepy towns and dreamy beaches to party hotspots where the jet set like to see and be seen, alongside surfing spots, Algarve boasts some of the best beaches in all of Portugal. Combine a stay at a 5 star hotel in Portugal with a trip to one of Portugal’s stunning island locations like the Azores or Funchal. Truth is, you don’t even have to venture that far to enjoy secluded islands boasting unspoiled nature and beautiful beaches, thanks to the charming Berlengas Archipelago on the Peniche coast, just 10km offshore by ferry from Obidos. The Algarve is a mecca for golfers, too. The 16th hole of Vale do Lobo’s prestigious Royal Golf Course, not far from Lagos is the most photographed hole thanks to its beautiful cliff-top location, and has become a symbol for golf in the region. Your every desire will be fulfilled at a 5 star hotel in Portugal.
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